Aside from eliminating the need for unpleasant shots, allergy drops are not time-consuming. Once we establish the nature of the allergies, there is no need for a weekly visit. Rather, patients can take their drops in the morning before work without having to schedule a doctor’s appointment. And allergy drops are a saving grace for the parents of children with allergies who find it hard to fit in doctor’s visits after school, work, and before sport’s practice and dinner time. Treatment is safe, convenient, and perhaps best of all, administered at home! Since treatment with allergy drops is so easy, unlike allergy shots, people are more likely to follow through and see results. Studies have shown that people are more likely to finish their course of therapy with drops, which means faster tolerance to allergens.
Research also shows that allergy drops are far safer than injections. Take penicillin as an example; most doctors do not give penicillin injections anymore because of the risk of side effects. Instead, it’s taken orally. Why should allergies be any different? In years of using sublingual allergy immunotherapy we have never had a patient experience anything more than mild side effects. That’s a big relief for people worried about the dangers associated with injections. And what’s better is that there are customized treatment plans for each individual patient. People are given specific treatments designed for their particular allergies. Studies are beginning to show that after a 3-5 year period, the majority of patients can expect to be protected from their allergies.
Lastly, there is no contest between allergy drops and conventional allergy medications. Rather than simply putting a band-aid over the problem, allergy drops actually treat allergies. More importantly, they have been known to lower asthma rates associated with allergies in children, a problem that is reaching an epidemic proportion.